Thursday, February 19, 2009

What are you looking at, Dicknose?

If you live anywhere near the Northeast coast of America, you know how completely shitty the winter can be. Everyone is in hibernation mode and ready to jump out of a 3rd story window. Cabin fever is in full throttle and Rochester is no different. It's cold as a witches tit, grey as the day you mixed all your Playdoh together, and boring as fuck. None of us can really act like this is a surprise because we go thru it every year. Its a barren wasteland of unfun, this city of rochester. So, here are some cell phone pics showing you some of the crap that we have been doing over the last couple of monthes. Thank God for the heated parking garage to ride in this winter, or else i wouldn't get out of bed. Enjoy.

this could possibly be your next favorite band.
this could possibly be your next favorite beer.

self explanitory

this is a video of some trails in rochester called honda hills. When I was younger, i remember a girl used to come back to the trails on rollerblades and try and make out with everyone. these are those trails. and this is their story.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

24hr in the Old Pueblo

Another installment of the best 24 hour race in the country just went down in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. This was the 10th year of the 24 hours in the Old Pueblo and I really can't say enough good things about it. The Epic Rides crew run a flawless race and if you ever need an excuse to go on a road trip and want guaranteed fun, then check out one of their events. Next up is the Whiskey Offroad in April and it is going to be a good time. It is 25 or 50 miles of singletrack in the pine trees of northern Arizona.Whiskey is already in the name, how could it be bad!
I didn't take many pictures or even remember all that much cool stuff to tell you about here. But the trail was amazing, the people were super nice out on the course, and my support was second to none.
The race started at noon on Saturday with a half mile run down a dirt road to our bikes. I decided that the run should be done in my ape suit while chasing Kate dressed as a banana.

Once all the fun and games were over it was down to the business of riding for the next 24 hours. Just me, my single speed, and a simple message written on the back of my legs.

The first 75 miles went by with such little effort it surprised me. I was eating good, thanks to my support crew, and going into the night things were looking very promising. After about 100 miles everything went to shit. The sub freezing temps and dehydration took their toll and by sun up all I could do was squeeze out one more lap.
After all was said and done the The Black 13 ended up 11th place covering 8, 16.5 mile laps for a total of 132 miles on dirt with one gear.

Full results are here and lots of good pictures and better reports over at and handlebarsandwich

Now its up to the Rochester boys to post up some goods on here, I have been neglecting my 20inch for the past 4 months getting ready for this event and now it is time to go be a skate park rat for a while.

I just want to thank everybody for the help at the race, Kate, Garn, English Steve, and Chad. I couldn't have done it without you. Many thhanks to Todd and his crew at Epic Rides for putting on such a great event and many thanks to all the nice people out on the course supporting this solo with their words of encouragement.

get out and ride.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Going nowhere REALLY fast

There is so much going on right now for all kind of bikes in the fine state of Arizona. Our seasons are reversed here compared to back east because right now the weather is perfect and we are riding on a daily basis. But come July it will be 115 degrees outside and we will all be hiding in the bar or running to the hills to escape the heat.
This past weekend saw a big step in local biking that brought together BMX kids, Fixters, mountain bikers and roadies all in the same place at the same time. And that common bond was Gold Sprints. A 300m sprint on a stationary bike, head to head, elimination bracket style. I didn't know what to expect of this event but the hosts at Boulders on Broadway were awesome and it was organized perfectly by . The times were blistering fast and it has been figured out that the bikes had 23c tires on them and the gear ratio of 48x16, the winning time of 14.69 would have resulted in a cadence of 194 rpm at an average of 45.7 mph. Over 3 pedal revolutions a second!! That is amazing. Most of the times were in the 15-16 second range with one super fast guy posting all sub 15 second times.
Nathan from came down from flagstaff with a crew of ringers and ended up taking home third place in the A race. he did a little write up over at his site, go check it out.
I will leave you with a few pictures of the evening then i am off to Tucson for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo where i will be suffering solo on my single speed.

Here is Shawn Diggity getting it done against a guy that needs a cheeseburger
I was so impressed i needed a picture

Handlebar Nate brought his gameface

a simple message

more photos from the night are over here